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Political & Religious Data Breach Claims

If your data being exploited for political or religious purposes, we can help.

Get justice for an political or religious data breach violation

Is your data being exploited for political or religious purposes? Or has a political party or religious institution breached your data? If you have been the victim of a data breach, due to a cyberattack or human error, we can help.

Over the last few years, data protection has been firmly intertwined with wider political developments in a politically charged environment. So much so that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) launched an investigation into how data analysis was being used for political purposes. At the same time, religious organisations have become a target for hackers. Not least because these organisations often handle large sums of money and have databases of confidential member information.

All kinds of religious and political institutions are experiencing data breaches. This includes:

Churches and other religious organisations. Religious organisations hold a wealth of sensitive data on their members, but many have failed to put robust data protection policies in place to deal with this confidential information.

Political parties. The ICO has had to write to all the main UK political parties to remind them to adhere to data protection laws. Data security also hit the headlines following attempted political cyber-attacks.

Political consulting firms. The Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal highlighted what can happen when consultancy firms access our personal and political data. 

With significant amounts of private data stored, processed, and shared by political and religious groups, robust security measures are more critical than ever. But there are questions over whether political parties and religious organisations across the ideological and faith divide are upholding our right to data privacy as well as they should be.

If you have been a victim of a political or religious data breach, we can help you make a no-win, no-fee claim for compensation.

Contact us today for a free, no-obligation, assessment of your case.

Cases we handle at Keller Lenkner UK

At Keller Lenkner UK, our data protection lawyers deal with a wide range of political and religious breach cases every day.

Keller Lenkner UK has gained an enviable reputation in data breach law. And, with a team of data breach experts led by Kingsley Hayes – arguably the UK’s foremost data breach solicitor – and considerable expertise in this field, it’s easy to see why. Here are just some examples of the political and religious cases our data protection lawyers have dealt with…

Morag’s* sexual harassment data breach

Morag suffered sexual harassment by a person in a senior position at her church. She subsequently shared her experience with a grief counselling organisation. However, this organisation passed the details of her allegation to the individual who harassed her. He then embarked on a sustained campaign of defamation and persecution against Morag.

Her church was very important to Morag, and this experience has caused her significant harm.

We are helping Morag claim compensation for this shocking breach of her privacy and for the enormous distress she has experienced because of the violation.

Alisha’s* political affiliation data breach

Alisha is a respected political journalist. Because of the nature of her work, it is vital that she stays neutral and does not appear to support one party over another. However, when discussing with an MP on social media, the politician looked up her Party’s records and discovered that Alisha was a member. She then outed Alisha’s membership in the publicly viewable online conversation.

Alisha feels that her impartial reputation has been damaged, and she believes that her future career progression has been jeopardised.

We are helping Alisha claim compensation for the breach of her data privacy, and the potential impact on her livelihood.  

James’* whistleblowing data breach

James became a whistleblower as he had concerns that health & safety failings at his company were being covered up. However, his employer had a close relationship with James’s church and contacted a member of the clergy to help discredit James. The clergyman used church records to help subject James and his family to a period of harassment and fear.

The church has deliberately tried to hinder investigations into James’s complaint against it, and it has destroyed documents that would have helped his case.

We are helping James claim compensation for this deplorable data privacy violation.

*Names have been changed to protect client confidentiality.

Why claim political and religious data breach compensation?

Hold the political and religious bodies to account for failing to protect your private information.

Receive financial compensation for your losses.

Force political and religious organisations to implement better data security.

Why use Keller Lenkner UK to make a claim?

We are one of the most experienced multi-claimant law firms in the UK.

We represent clients in group actions and individual cases with innovation, resources, and expertise.

We work with expert barristers to ensure you get the very best level of legal support available.

We have all the resources and global expertise necessary to take on complicated cases and win.

We have offices in Chancery Lane, London and Liverpool City Centre, and the technology to provide a nationwide service.

We use technology to deliver a better legal experience to our clients.

We work on a no-win, no-fee basis.

We make the process straightforward and hassle-free.

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What can you claim for?

While each case is judged on its own merits, there are some things we would typically look for when it comes to when claiming compensation following a data breach, cybercrime or other GDPR violation:

Financial loses

With stolen data, cybercriminals can make purchases using your bank and credit cards, apply for credit in your name, set up fraudulent bank accounts and access your existing online accounts.

Distress

GDPR failures, cybercrime and data breaches can have a significant impact on you, both mentally and physically. They can cause or exacerbate anxiety, stress and other psychological conditions.

Loss of privacy

Your data has value, and organisations must be held to account if they fail to protect your right to data privacy or otherwise do not uphold your GDPR rights.
 

How to protect yourself following a data breach or cybercrime

  • Contact your bank or credit card provider immediately if your financial data has been exposed.
  • Check all bills and emails for goods or services you have not ordered.
  • Check your bank account for unfamiliar transactions.
  • Alert your bank or credit card provider immediately if there is any suspicious activity.
  • Monitor your credit score for any unexpected dips.
  • Call Credit, Experian and Equifax to ensure credit isn’t taken out in your name.
  • Never provide your PIN or full password to anyone (even someone claiming to be from your bank).
  • Never been pressured into moving money to another account for fraud reasons. A legitimate bank won’t ask you to do this.
  • Follow the security instructions provided by the organisation that breached your data.
  • Never automatically click on any suspicious links or downloads in emails or texts.
  • Don’t assume an email or phone call is authentic just because someone has your details.
  • Be careful who you trust – criminals often use scare tactics to try and trick you into revealing your security details.
  • Know that, even if you recognise a name or number, it might not be genuine.
  • Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. A trustworthy organisation would never force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.
  • Never provide your full password, pin or security code to someone over the phone (or via message). If a bank believes a transaction has been fraudulent, they will not ask for this information to cancel the transaction.
  • Listen to your instincts and ask questions if something feels “off”.
  • Refuse requests for personal or financial information and stop discussions if you are at all unsure.
  • Contact your bank or financial service provider on a number you know and trust to check if a communication is genuine.
  • Be cautious of unsolicited communications that refer you to a web page asking for personal data.
  • Don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know on social media.
  • Review your online privacy settings.
  • Report suspected fraud attempts to the police and Action Fraud.
  • Register with the Cifas protective registration service to slow down credit applications made in your name.
  • Change your passwords regularly and use a different password for every account (a password manager can help with this).
  • Protect your devices with up-to-date internet security software.

START YOUR NO-WIN, NO-FEE POLITICAL OR RELIGIOUS DATA BREACH CLAIM TODAY